In last week’s Rappahannock News article about a Virginia State Police investigation of the Rappahannock County government for alleged misappropriation of funds, a statement could be misinterpreted surrounding former Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter Luke and his successor Art Goff in an instance of overpayment of county funds.
A letter in February from county treasurer Debbie Knick to the Board of Supervisors addressed an allegation that Luke and Goff had been overpaid. In fact, Luke had noticed a second payment and brought it to Knick’s attention. She processed the overpayment. Knick also discovered that Goff had not been overpaid, but in fact had not yet been paid for several hours of work.
As a constitutional officer, Knick was obligated under state law to report her allegations to state authorities, who then determine the need for a deeper investigation.